Nelly Korda broke through for her maiden major title, winning the Women's PGA Championship as she became the LPGA Tour's new world number one.

American golfer Korda claimed a three-stroke victory thanks to Sunday's four-under-par 68 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Korda was tied for the lead alongside eventual runner-up Lizette Salas (71) heading into the final round, but she moved clear of her countrywoman courtesy of two eagles, two birdies and just one bogey.

The 22-year-old Korda is now a six-time LPGA Tour champion following three wins in 2021.

"I just played really well this week. I had a great week last week, and carried the momentum through to this week," Korda said after finishing 19 under through 72 holes.

"I've put in a lot of work. To finally get three wins under my belt and to get a major, I don't even have words, honestly. This is something I've worked for since I was 14.

"To finally get it done here in Atlanta with such an amazing crowd, it's really special. I have an amazing caddy, so shout out to Jason [McDede]. I tried to keep a level head, and keep it one shot at a time."

Kim Hyo-joo (68) and Giulia Molinaro (72) finished nine shots off the pace, while three-time winner Inbee Park (73) had to settled for a share of 40th position at one over.

The Women's PGA Championship is a two-way battle ahead of the final day with Lizette Salas and Nelly Korda equal leaders and five strokes ahead.

The American pair are both 15-under, after 31-year-old Salas carded a five-under-67 on Saturday, to pull level with world number three Korda at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Korda, 22, carded a bogey-free four-under 68, to follow her excellent 63 on Friday, having won last week's Meijer LPGA Classic.

Former British Open runner-up Salas had six birdies on her front nine, as she carded 67 for the third consecutive day in her pursuit of her maiden major title.

Thailand's 12th-ranked Patty Tavatanakit finished a round-best seven-under-65 to move into a tie for second.

Tavatanakit is 10-under after three rounds, equal with Giulia Molinaro and Celine Boutier.

World number two Inbee Park slipped out of contention, having started the day at five-under before a five-over-77 left her well off the pace.

Yuka Saso, who won the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month, carded a three-over 75 and is also well behind.

Nelly Korda reeled off six successive birdies to hit the front at the Women's PGA Championship after the second round.

Korda was red-hot at Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, where the American golfer used a birdie binge to claim a one-stroke lead on Friday.

A five-time LPGA Tour champion, Korda had consecutive birdies from the fourth to the ninth hole as she tied the Women's PGA Championship 18-hole scoring record.

"I don't know, I guess I just blacked out, out there," Korda said afterwards as she became only the third professional to card a 63 at Atlanta Athletic Club, joining Steve Stricker and Mark O'Meara.

Korda – eyeing her maiden major title – is 11 under through 36 holes, a shot better off than Lizette Salas (67).

Salas, who was the overnight leader, posted consecutive 67s to remain bogey-free heading into the weekend.

Three-time PGA Championship winner Inbee Park (68) is six shots off the pace in a tie for seventh, while defending champion Kim Sei-young (69) bounced back from a forgettable 76 to avoid the cut.

Lizette Salas set the tone in the first round of the Women's PGA Championship, posting a five-under-under-67 for the lead.

Salas earned a one-stroke lead after missing only two fairways on the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia on Thursday.

In a flawless round, Salas – without a LPGA Tour title since 2014 and seeking a maiden major trophy – holed five birdies to end the day ahead of Charley Hull.

"It was definitely not easy," the 31-year-old American said about the conditions. "We started with pretty wet conditions this morning, but the greens are rolling extremely pure.

"I had a really good warm-up. I was really confident coming into this week, and I think my game really suits this golf course and kept it boring."

Jeongeun Lee6, Austin Ernst, Jessica Korda, Alena Sharp, Xiyu Lin, Yealimi Noh and Dani Holmqvist are two shots off the pace.

Three-time PGA Championship winner Inbee Park shot a 71 to be tied for 23rd, while defending champion Kim Sei-young endured a forgettable four-over-par 76.

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